You should stop training 1—2 weeks out from the contest (you should always discontinue leg training two weeks out). That's pretty standard wherever you go. This will give your muscles maximum time to recuperate and achieve maximum growth. Don't worry about maintaining muscle mass and tone. The posing you'll be doing will take care of that, and also give you some aerobic activity. Posing should, of course, be continued throughout this entire period.

But though you'll shut down training right before a contest, this is the only time you should back off. Some people think that just because they're on the Anabolic Diet, they don't have to work as hard. That's simply not true. All you're going to do by cutting back in training is limit the effectiveness of the diet and your ultimate growth.

The two, diet and training, work hand in hand. Exercise actually complements the high fat diet. Hormonal changes caused by exercise result in an increase in the activity of the enzyme liprotein lipase (LPL) in the muscle.13 This in turn causes increased use of free fatty acids and decreases fat buildup.

We'll talk some more about what kind of exercise is best in concert with the Anabolic Diet later. For now, suffice it to say that both training and lifestyle work hand in hand with the Anabolic Diet in maximizing its benefits.

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